Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster shakes northern Haiti

5.9 quake strikes Haiti shaking & damaging buildings

Magnitude 5.9 natural disaster shakes northern Haiti

There was damage in the northern sections of the country, President Jovenel Moïse tweeted.

The sheer power of the quake measuring 5.9 on the richter scale covered an area of 7.3 miles ( 11.7 Kilometres) stretching from Port-de-Paix on the northern coast to the town of Gros-Morne further south.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 8:11 p.m. Saturday night (001 GMT) and was centered 12 miles (19 kilometers) northwest of Port-de-Paix, which is about 136 miles (219 kilometers) from the capital of Port-au-Prince.

The Miami Herald said however that at least seven people had been killed.

Haiti's civil protection agency said two minor aftershocks were registered, adding that no tsunami warning was issued in connection with the quake activity.

The tremor rattled the capital Port-de-Prince, sparking fear among residents still reeling from the massive 2010 quake that left at least 200,000 people dead and 300,000 more wounded.

The quake was felt lightly in the capital, as well as in the neighboring Dominican Republic and in eastern Cuba.

The agency said Port-de-Paix, Gros-Morne, the town of Chansolme and the island of Tortuga suffered some of the worst damage and some houses were destroyed.

The agency confirmed that some homes were destroyed or damaged, without offering specific figures.

On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating magnitude-7 natural disaster which killed more than 300,000 people and destroyed much of the capital Port-au-Prince.

The quake was one of the strongest in Haiti since 2010 when a magnitude 7 left about 300-thousand people dead.

The damage caused was worth an estimated 120 percent of GDP in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

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